iMac vs. Mac Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jack Flash, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    It looks like I can get a refurb Quad 2.66 GHz Mac Pro for $2000 or a new 2.8 GHz iMac for $1880 (configured with 8800 GS and bluetooth mouse/keyboard)

    Which do you think is the route to go? Yes, the iMac does come with a H-IPS monitor built in, but the Mac Pro is more expandable.
  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    I would personally go for the mac pro. There's more power in it and you've got many more options. But it all depends on what you're gonna be using it for.
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    The real question is how much power do you need. The Mac Pro's are nice, but obviously quite overpowered for the typical consumer. If you don't need a couple more cores or raid or 4TB of storage, go with the iMac.
  4. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    Mac Pro is a system that allows you to upgrade it (IF Apple releases the parts of course). It's a quad core (which is not always better so read about it) and it comes without a monitor.

    Now on the other hand you have a iMac with awesome graphics card, 3.06 processor and a pretty damn good monitor.

    It all comes to what you need.

    I would certainly not go for a refurb Mac Pro. Not good enough to stand aginst the new iMac as a whole package.
    BUT I would hide some $$ in my pocked and go with a 2x quad core as it gives you a better investment if I needed some crazy power.
  5. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It is a tough one.

    When I bought my 2.4GHz iMac this summer, I knew I was going to go to the Mac full-time. I considered the Pro, but it was almost double what the iMac was (when you add in the monitor).

    However, I am moving to the Mac Pro roughly 18 months in. I do not regret buying the iMac by any stretch, but now that I have gone "all-in" in a bigger way then expected, I need the power of the Pro.

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